The Tallest Building in Penang in the 19th Century

𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙗𝙪𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙋𝙚𝙣𝙖𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 1803 (𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙨𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙙𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙨)

Komtar is not always the tallest building in Penang. This (now nameless) building that stands on the junction of Lebuh Pantai and Lebuh Acheh was.

Gudang Acheh was constructed by Tengku Syed Hussein Al Aidid, a successful and influential trader as well as the founder of the Acheen Street Mosque. He constructed Gudang Acheh as his spice godown-cum-office on the waterfront.

Also known as "Rumah Tinggi" in malay and 'kuan lau' in Hokkien (both meaning tall house), Gedung Acheh served as a prominent landmark for spice traders.


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